How to Eat like a Native in Barcelona

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A native of East Rockaway, New York and a magna cum laude graduate from Boston University, attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development for BETA Abstract LLC. In his free time, Marc Rovner enjoys traveling, and claims Barcelona as his favorite city.

Food and meals play an important role in Barcelona social life. As a result, the city offers delicious, enticing cuisine to visitors. To eat like a native, start with a light continental breakfast, usually found in bars. Most residents drink café con leche or a cortado as well as a croissant or other breakfast roll.

Lunch is the most important meal of the day and tends to include three to four courses, beginning with soup or salad, followed by a meat dish, and topped off with a light dessert of fruit, yogurt, or crema catalana. Lunch is always served with bread and wine and between the hours of 1:30 to 4. Finally, dinner tends to be lighter fare, with many indulging in tapas. One famous snack is pa amb tomaquet, bread rubbed with olive oil and tomato and served with cheese and cold cuts. Most Catalonians eat around 10 at night but restaurants are opened earlier.

Be warned: many restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also, visitors looking to get authentic cuisine should avoid places in La Rambla.

Venice Considers Banning Cruise Ships Following Crash

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Marc Rovner, Attorney

Residing in East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner is a senior executive with BETA Abstract, LLC, a title insurance firm. An avid traveler, Marc Rovner enjoys visiting European destinations such as Barcelona and Venice with his wife in his free time.

As reported in Forbes, Venice is considering banning large cruise vessels such as the 13-deck MSC Opera, which crashed in June into tourist boats and a wharf within the Giudecca canal, a major transport hub that accesses St. Mark’s Square. While only four people were injured, the incident led to major protests among locals to the refrain “no grandi navi,” or no big ships.

With tourism the main source of income in Venice, inexpensive airfare and mega-cruise ships have ensured a constant flow of visitors, whatever the season. To many who value Venice’s heritage, the traffic flow is excessive and disruptive of the unique city’s traditional culture.

While recent reports described the Italian government as having decided to ban cruise ships from Venice’s lagoon, these proved premature. Instead, plans have been presented in a transport committee meeting that look set to initiate lengthy discussions on the issue.

NFL Super Bowl City Hosts

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NFL Super Bowl City Hosts

Attorney Marc Rovner of East Rockaway has served BETA Abstract, LLC, as general counsel and director of business development since 1998. Beyond his activities as an attorney, Marc Rovner enjoys spending time with his family. Together, he and his son have attended games at 24 of the nation’s 32 National Football League (NFL) stadiums.

In all but a select few instances resulting in two teams playing in an unrelated stadium, the NFL’s Super Bowl is held at a predetermined stadium. Host cities are generally selected three to five years in advance, and are chosen based on the city’s proposal to the NFL.

With the 2017 Super Bowl scheduled for Houston, Texas, for a third time, only nine cities have repeated as Super Bowl hosts. Both Detroit and Atlanta have hosted two Super Bowls each. Houston joins San Diego and Arizona as three-time hosts, while Tampa Bay has held four.

Despite going two decades without an NFL team, Los Angeles ranks third all-time, having hosted seven Super Bowls. Los Angeles most recently hosted the game at the Rose Bowl in 1993. With 10 games as host each, New Orleans and Miami lead all cities as Super Bowl hosts. New Orleans last hosted in 2013, while Miami used Dolphin Stadium and Sun Life Stadium to host the 2007 and 2010 Super Bowls, respectively.